QUEENS (PIX11) – Morahina Rodriguez has a daughter with autism. Rodriguez has been waiting anxiously for word that missing autistic boy Avonte Oquendo, 14, has been found.
Like Rodriguez’s daughter, Oquendo has autism and is non-verbal. He can’t ask for help. Oquendo was last seen walking out of his Long Island City school in the middle of the day. That was six days ago.
The non-profit “Autism Speaks” has been flooded with calls ever since.
From subway tunnels to local hospitals, police and the community have been searching around the clock. Fliers were handed out Wednesday in Greenpoint Brooklyn. There have been false sightings, but no one has seen the boy.
Like other parents, Rodriguez said this is her worst fear come to life.
She has special tools and wanted to share those tools with other parents like an ID bracelet and books to help coach her daughter.
Rodriguez’s daughter is 21 years old and she never leaves her mom’s side, but Rodriguez knows that not always the case, especially with autism.